The Barbados Diaspora Collaborative (BDC USA), Inc. continues to support the establishment of a free-standing Hospice & Palliative Care facility in Barbados.Recently, BDC USA voted to support the project in the amount of US$50,000 which is in the process of being transferred to the Barbados Association for Cancer Advocacy, the Barbados charity that entered into a joint venture with the Living Water Community (LWC) of St. David’s, Christ Church to build the hospice. LWC is a community based charitable organization with extensive experience in hospice management and the facility will be situated on their campus.
Architectural plans have been submitted to the Barbados Town and Country Planning office in Barbados and approval is pending.
Neysha Sooden has been appointed the capital campaign chair in Barbados and is making strides in securing donations both monetary and in-kind.
The timeline now calls for construction to start January 2017 with services to start in late 2017.
BDC USA has a mandate to support projects arising in the diaspora that benefit Barbados. This is BDC USA’s first project and while it will continue to support the initiative for the foreseeable future, it will be looking to help fund other Barbadian projects in the years ahead.
The Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA), Inc. held “An Evening of Love” Concert & Reception on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, NY to raise funds for the Barbados Hospice & Palliative Care Initiative.
Under the direction of Steven LeGall, organist at St. Mark’s Church in Brooklyn, the audience of more than 100 was treated to a two-hour concert featuring performances by pianist and organist Neil Walker; Valmon Dawson on the clarinet, accomplished mezzo-soprano Grace Hackett, soloists Mijon Zulu, Natasha Radix and Tristan Layne and the melodious BACA Combined Voices Choir.
The ‘Love’ concert, as it was aptly nicknamed, will be an annual event scheduled next for Saturday, February 11, 2017.
BACA has been the driving force behind the hospice initiative.